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Notting Hill’s most expensive home goes on sale

Nadja Beschetnikova
May 4, 2018

Notting Hill is an affluent district in West London, known for the famous Portobello Road market, the world's largest antiques market. The district is also frequently mentioned in pop-culture being the setting of the numerous movies and novels.

However, living in one of the colorful houses and sharing a neighborhood with Damon Albarn or Tom Hollander is definitely not affordable for everyone. The cheapest and smallest one bed flat to rent will cost you at least £1.500 monthly.

But Notting Hill’s largest mansion, called Havona House, stirs the market with a truly jaw-dropping price. The property located at 57 Pembridge Villas is being marketed for over £25 million, which makes it the most expensive house in Notting Hill. With an entrance framed by two Corinthian stone columns and a limestone frieze it looks like a classical Greek temple, but actually the house is not antique.

The 8,700-square-foot newly built mansion is the result of a four year multi-million design and construction project, developed by Albert Bridge Properties Ltd. The house, built on a site previously occupied by a hotel, comes with a spacious 750 sq ft garden where you can sunbath, enjoying the unobstructed sunlight from 10 am to 3 pm.

Inside, the classical architecture has been combined with the innovative smart house technologies. The house is wired for sophisticated Control 4 home automation. Besides, according to the developer, the architecture complies with the Feng Shui principals.

The mansion, spread over seven floors, boasts seven bedrooms, a full-floor master suite, an almost 21 metre swimming pool, and a garage with a futuristic parking system, which could be a setting for the next James Bond movie. The state-of-art system allows transporting cars from the street to the basement on the automated robotic platforms without needing a driver.

The master bedroom, which occupies the whole second floor, features a master marble bathroom, a walk-in wardrobe and luxury fireplace. All the furniture was designed by Casa e Progetti exclusively for the house.

There’re three further bedroom suites for guests or staff in the basement, and three bedrooms on the top floor.

One of the most striking features is a large pool with a cascade waterfall, located in the sub-basement along with a private spa and a gym. The pool is actually another amenity ready for filming: the pool floor can be raised to transform the space into a ballroom or banqueting room, or lowered to create the swimming pool with adjustable depth.

On the first floor is the incredible main reception room, with high ceilings, gorgeous oak parquet flooring, and a stone fireplace.

The front hall leads you to the centerpiece of the interior, a stunning spiral staircase with metal balustrades, which winds up through the house, from the ground to the top floor. The staircase made of white stone and suffused with light looks almost weightless. Colorful lighting, which hangs in the middle, elegantly finalizes the design.

With a large kitchen with a breakfast room, open plan dining room and living room on the lower ground floor, the house is designed for a family to live in.

The house is listed via Rokstone, one of London’s fastest growing estate agencies specializing in premium residential property. According to the agency, in the past 24 months, there have been only four sales over £20 million Notting Hill.

“Havona House sets a benchmark for quality in the Notting Hill housing market by introducing a Mayfair level product into the marketplace,” said Becky Fatemi, managing director of Rokstone.

Photo: Rokstone / Casa e Progetti